Posted in Medication, Toothache

Recipe To Relieve A Toothache

Author: Dr Rita Trakhtman, cosmetic dentist, East St Kilda

If you have wisdom tooth pains or a toothache and it’s hours until your dental appointment, which is the best painkillers to take and how?

Ingredients

2 tablets of ibuprofen: An anti-inflammatory which contains ibuprofen is the best to reduce toothache. Examples are Neurafen and Advil (2 tablets = 400mg)

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2 tablets of paracetamol, such as Panadol, is fine if you are allergic to ibuprofen (2 tablets = 1000mg)

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For the ultimate pain-relief recipe, you can actually take both at the same time (2 tablets of ibuprofen, 2 tablets of paracetamol). I would only recommend this if you’ve tried taking ibuprofen but it hasn’t worked.

 

Believe it or not, taking both ibuprofen and paractemol at the same time is stronger than taking paracetamol and codeine (Panadine Forte). They work in a synergistic way.

 

What is the difference between ibuprofen (e.g. Neurafen) and paracetamol (e.g. Panadol)?

Ibuprofen will work immediately when you take it, whereas paracetamol works by accumulation, so you will feel relief at the second dose.

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Method

On an empty stomach. If you take 2 tablets on an empty stomach it’s more effective and works better than if you take it with food. More effective means you end up taking less tablets. Taking it with food is an old wive’s tale and actually reduces its effectiveness to act as a pain killer.

Difference between swallowing a tablet and a capsule?

To swallow a tablet, tilt your head back and let the tablet go as far back in your throat as possible.

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To swallow a capsule, tilt your head forward and the capsule will float up at the back of your throat.

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How often to take it?

Every 4-6 hours until you feel pain reduction. It’s normal not to feel any change after the first dose, so take another 2 tablets again in about 4-6 hours. You want to treat the pain killers like a script.

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Summary for toothache relief

  • Take 2 tablets of ibuprofen (Neurafen / Advil) on an empty stomach every 4-6hours

If allergic to ibuprofen,

  • Take 2 tablets of paracetamol (Panadol) on an empty stomach every 4-6 hours

If pain is severe

  • Take 2 tablets of ibuprofen (Neurafen / Advil) AND 2 tablets of paracetamol (Panadol) on an empty stomach every 4-6 hours (4 tablets in total)

 

Author: Dr Rita Trakhtman, cosmetic dentist, East St Kilda

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